Three-quarters of Machine Head’s original line-up are set to return for anniversary shows

The band will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album 'Burn My Eyes' later this year

Three-quarters of Machine Head’s original line-up are set to reunite for a 25th anniversary tour later this year.

The run of dates will celebrate a quarter of a century since the release of the band’s debut album, ‘Burn My Eyes’.

A poster announcing the European and UK dates confirms that frontman Robb Flynn, guitarist Logan Mader, and drummer Chris Kontos will hit the road together in October. The tour begins in Germany in October and arrive sin the UK the following month.

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MACHINE HEAD ANNOUNCE ‘BURN MY EYES’ 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR! Band founder and visionary, Robb Flynn tells us “Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive!”⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Flynn continues, “Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Logan Mader adds, “It’s a huge honor for me to take part in celebrating ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th birthday! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening. I feel like I won the guitar player lottery…. again! The fact that BME is still relevant today has a lot to do with the fact that Robb has kept the band alive and strong for two and a half decades. I’m very grateful for this!”⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Chris Kontos echoes the sentiment, stating, “This is an absolute mind blower! Playing these songs again after 23 years feels just amazing. The fact that it's 25 years later and the BME record is still relevant and revered is humbling to say the least. Doing a huge world tour in celebration of the record is a great way to acknowledge the legacy of MACHINE HEAD’s past and future. I'm so looking forward to sharing these songs with the MACHINE HEAD fans around the world. Can't wait to meet all you ‘Head Cases’ out there! You can be sure it is going to be a crushing night! See ya soon!”⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ The Lord of the Low-End, Jared MacEachearn is equally looking forward to the run, saying “It’s not everyday that you get to pay tribute to a classic like ‘Burn My Eyes’ and with Logan and Chris in the mix, I’m really excited to bring something special to old and new fans alike.”

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In an Instagram post, Flynn said: “Having started rehearsals with Chris and Logan several weeks ago, I’m literally giddy with excitement at the prospect of how much fun this is going to be. Both Logan and Chris are in phenomenal playing shape, the vibe between all four of us has been incredibly positive!”

He continued: “Having run through deep cuts like ‘Death Church,’ and ‘I’m Your God Now’ for the first time in well over a decade, has reminded me of how fucking heavy our older songs are! This tour is going to be MASSIVE!! The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to share this milestone with the Head Cases! So just a head’s up, DO NOT sleep on this! Tell your friends, spread the word, because tickets are going to disappear!”

Kontos originally left the band in 1995, while Mader left in 1998. ‘Burn My Eyes’ was released in 1994 and peaked at Number 25 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

Machine Head play:

October 2019

5 – Freiburg, Germany, Sick Arena Musikclub
7 – Tilburg, Holland, 013
9 – Copenhagen, Denmark, Amager Bio
11 – Wuerzberg, Germany, Posthalle
12 – Leipzig, Germany, Haus Aunsee
14 – Bochum Rhur, Germany, Congress
15 – Munich, Germany, Zenith
16 – Vienna, Austria, Gasometer
18 – Gdansk, Poland, B99
19 – Warsaw, Poland, Progressja
20 – Budapest, Hungary, Baba Begra
22 – Zurich, Switzerland, Komplex
23 – Lyon, France, Le Radiant
25 – Milan, Italy, Live Club
26 – Padova, Italy, Hall
27 – Lux, Luxembourg, Expo
29 – Paris, France, Le Trianon
31 – Brussels, Belgium, Forest National

November 2019

2 – London, UK, O2 Academy Brixton
4 – Manchester, UK, O2 Victoria Warehouse
5 – Glasgow, UK, O2 Academy
7 – Belfast, UK, Telegraph Building
8 – Dublin, Ireland, Olympia Theatre

Last year, Flynn clarified that Machine Head would continue after two members quit the band. Guitarist Phil Demmel and drummer Dave McClain, who had been involved in the group since 2003 and 1995 respectively, left in what they described as an “amicable” split.

Meanwhile, a couple were ejected from one of the band’s November concerts for reportedly having sex in the front row. The pair were removed by security from the show at San Diego’s House Of Blues.